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MANHATTAN, KS - DECEMBER 01:  Head coach Bill Snyder of the Kansas State Wildcats shakes hands with quarterback Collin Klein #7 in recognition of senior day during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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K-State makes hiring of former Wildcats QB Collin Klein official

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A Little Manhattan legend will indeed kickstart his on-field coaching career at his alma mater.

Following up on the reports that surfaced over the weekend, Kansas State announced in a Tuesday press release that Collin Klein has been added to Bill Snyder‘s coaching staff.  The former K-State quarterback will coach the current K-State quarterbacks.

Klein will replace Del Miller, whose retirement was just announced Monday.

“Following Del will not be the easiest thing for one to do, but Collin – having been tutored under Del’s guidance – will do well,” Snyder, who’s battling throat cancer, said in a statement. “Fortunately, Del will remain with us through the spring to continue to mentor Collin during the out-of-season program and in spring practices.

“Collin is a great person: caring, loyal, hard working, responsible and disciplined,” Snyder continued. “He will be received well by his peers, players and support staff, as will his lovely wife Shalin. Collin has a love and passion, not only for football, but even more so for guiding youth toward successful lives. Our program has always been centered around achieving success in five different areas of a young man’s life: becoming the best they possibly can with their faith, their family, as a person, a student and a football athlete. Collin represents those priorities as well as any player we have ever had.”

Klein has been a part of K-State’s football operations the past three seasons, first as an assistant director of recruiting operations and quality control coach in 2014 before moving to an offensive graduate assistant position the last two years.

The 2012 winner of the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback, Klein was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy that year as well.  This will mark Klein’s first full-time on-field coaching role at the FBS level.

“Shalin and I are very excited to come back home,” said Klein. “I’m very grateful to Coach Farley and UNI for the experience and opportunity they provided me this past year. Looking ahead, I am eager to get to work with and develop the great young talent at K-State. I am thankful to Coach Snyder for the opportunity to return to a place that I love while learning and growing under his leadership. I also want to express my thanks to Coach Miller, who helped be grow as both a quarterback and a person, and I want to build upon the success he has enjoyed coaching quarterbacks at K-State. We are thrilled to be back as a part of the Manhattan community and Wildcat Family.”

Longtime Bill Snyder assistant Del Miller retires

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Kansas State co-offensive coordinator Del Miller, who coached alongside Bill Snyder for 20 years, is retiring.

“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity I’ve had here at Kansas State,” Miller said in a released statement. “I’ve enjoyed my time with many players that I’ve coached through the years. They are the guys that make it worthwhile. I certainly want to express my thanks to Coach Snyder for the opportunity he presented me in 1989.”

Miller was the first assistant coaching hire under Snyder when Snyder was originally hired by the university. Miller has orchestrated 12 school passing records as a team and has coached a good number of some of the best offensive players in school history, including former quarterback Collin Klein (who is expected to join the Kansas State staff as an assistant).

“I am very grateful to Del for staying with us as long as he has. He is a major contributor to the foundation of Kansas State Football as we know it today,” Snyder said. “Having been the very first assistant coach hired for us in 1988 and still with us today, speaks volumes. Del left the program for four years to serve as a head coach but came back to us shortly thereafter because this was where he wanted to be. Del has been a great contributor to our program, our University and our community,”

Prior to joining Snyder at Kansas State, Miller was a key assistant under former Iowa head coach Hayden Fry from 1978 through 1988. He took on a role as head coach of Southwest Missouri State (Missouri State) in 1995. He then spent a year as a graduate assistant at Kansas State in 1999 and offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State in 2000. He also spent a few years at San Diego State as an offensive coordinator from 2006 through 2008 before ultimately returning to Manhattan in 2009 to rejoin the formerly-retired Snyder.

Earlier in the day, Snyder announced he had been diagnosed with throat cancer, but he plans on continuing to coach at Kansas State.

Bill Snyder to continue coaching after being diagnosed with throat cancer

MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 05:  Head coach Bill Snyder of the Kansas State Wildcats walks on the field during warm-ups prior to the game against the Baylor Bears at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on November 5, 2015 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Reports surfaced in recent days about Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder being treated for an undisclosed medical condition.

On Monday, Snyder announced he has been diagnosed with throat cancer but does not plan to step aside from his coaching duties as he combats it.

“I have been diagnosed with throat cancer and have been receiving outpatient treatment at the KU Medical Center for about three weeks and am getting along very well,” Snyder announced in a lengthy statement released by Kansas State’s athletics department. “The doctors and staffs at both KU Med and M.D. Anderson (in Houston, Texas) have been great; working so very well together to finalize the overall treatment plan which is being conducted in Kansas City. Both ‘teams’ have projected a positive outcome and have worked out a schedule that allows me to be in Kansas City for my regular treatments and still be back in the office on a regular basis through the first week of March.”

Doctors working on Snyder say his prognosis is excellent and Snyder should be in the clear to coach the Wildcats in spring football practices next month.

Everything about the statement from Snyder was pure Snyder, as he opened by apologizing for having to share this information in this way before letting a number of people closer to him personally know what was happening. Would you expect anything less?

At 77 years of age, any medical concern attached to Snyder raises some obvious questions about his future as Kansas State’s head coach, but you have to respect how Snyder isn’t going to let throat cancer interfere with his love of coaching. This is not unprecedented of course. In 2014, former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer underwent surgery on his throat in early December and went on to coach the Hokies in their bowl game.

Former K-State quarterback Collin Klein reportedly set to return as QBs coach

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats looks to pass against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Former Kansas State quarterbacks coach Collin Klein is reportedly set to return to the Wildcats’ quarterback room.

According to GoPowercat and the Wichita Eagle, Klein is set to return as quarterbacks coach. He will replace Del Miller, a longtime Bill Snyder lieutenant who will retire after 20 years on the Wildcats’ staff. He served as Snyder’s first offensive coordinator in Manhattan and, after a stint as Missouri State’s head coach, returned as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

With Miller exiting, Klein is the perfect choice to slide in as K-State’s new quarterbacks coach.

Previously an All-Big 12 performer at the position, Klein jumped into coaching on Snyder’s staff as an assistant director of recruiting and a defensive quality control assistant. Though he did not formally handle the quarterbacks previously, Klein worked with the Wildcats’ signal-callers on game day with Miller and offensive coordinator Dana Dimel working from the booth. His work helped Jake Waters throw for a school-record 3,501 yards in 2014.

Klein spent the 2016 season as the quarterbacks coach at Northern Iowa.

The move is expected to be formally announced this week.

Report: Bill Snyder being treated for undisclosed medical issue

MANHATTAN, KS - SEPTEMBER 18:  Head coach Bill Snyder of the Kansas State Wildcats talks with former Kansas State recruit quarterback Nick Marshall #14 of the Auburn Tigers prior to the game at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on September 18, 2014 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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If you’re the praying kind, send one out for one of the nicest, classiest men to ever roam a college football sideline.  Just in case.

Citing unnamed sources, the Topeka Capital-Journal is reporting that Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder is being treated for what’s being described only as “an undisclosed medical issue.” While the initial speculation had it as being serious, the Capital-Journal writes that “it is treatable and he is not expected to miss any football coaching duties.”

From the newspaper’s account:

Sources said Snyder has received treatment at a Kansas City hospital and possibly another medical center out of state, but he is expected to make a full recovery and be able to participate in spring practice and be on the sideline for the 2017 season.

When reached for comment on the 77-year-old coach’s health, a KSU official politely declined to discuss it.

In 25 seasons with the Wildcats, Snyder’s teams have won 202 games.  In the other 99 years of the football program’s history, they’ve won 316 games.  The football program’s overall winning percentage is .451, while Snyder’s is at .657.  Take out Snyder’s record, and the football program has a winning percentage of .379.